"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" : intralocution and the teaching of Renaissance poetry in Taiwan
This thesis examines the educational role of English literature in Taiwan and proposes a method of reading and teaching English Renaissance poetry for Taiwanese students and teachers. Based upon the idea of integrating literature and language, this thesis suggests a stylistic approach to reading as well as interpreting literary texts. The thesis will argue that the prevalent communicational features of Renaissance poetry will, during the reading process, allow Taiwanese students to explore the interaction between the poetic speaker and the addressee before considering the relationship between the poet and the reader. Thus, as a reader of Renaissance poetry, the student can carry out an individual communication with the text. This proposed method for teachers of Renaissance poetry in Taiwan is predicated on a selection of "manageable" texts which should enable students to understand the use of language before they embark on further interpretation. Within the thesis there will be examples of various text analyses that are intended to guide students in constructing their own reading strategies. This, in turn, will lead to a broader interpretation of text and context. By demonstrating the accessibility of the proposed reading and teaching method, this thesis aims to promote a pedagogical development for both the teaching of a specific genre and for other types of literary texts encountered in the classroom.